Dez Bryant’s franchise tag dissolved under deadline. And now Jeremy Mincey gets a raise after a mini-holdout.
What in the name of Jerry Jones is going on here?
Once upon a time the Cowboys owner held firm with a future Hall-of-Fame running back named Emmitt Smith, refusing to re-work his contract and leading to him missing all of training camp and the first two games of the season. Lesson learned?
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Because these days Orlando Scandrick skips the Cowboys’ OTAs and gets a new a contract. Brandon Carr refuses to take a pay cut and gets to play under his existing contract. Rolando McClain refuses to rehab at Valley Ranch and arrives in Oxnard in good standing.
Sure the Cowboys drew a line in the sand in refusing to – in their estimation – overpay NFL leading rusher DeMarco Murray. But, otherwise, it’s been an offseason of the inmates winning a tug-of-war for control of the Asylum.
Jerry is 72 and for a couple camps and counting he’s uttered the philosophy of “I don’t have enough time to not have a good time.” I also believe he thinks this team – coming off a 12-4 season with a playoff win – is closer to the Super Bowl than any of his in the last decade.
Jones is merely finding a balance between being a fiscally responsible businessman and a players’ owner.
The Cowboys have room under the salary cap this summer. And they also have minimal off-field distractions in Oxnard. You can criticize Jones for a lot of things, but in 2015 he’s putting the Cowboys in the best possible position to win. Even if that came at a cost of going soft on negotiations.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.